(1) Liquor & Gaming NSW (L&GNSW) works with law enforcement agencies
and has ongoing engagement with AUSTRAC and police as co-regulators at
strategic, operational and policy levels to ensure that New South Wales casinos
remain free of criminal influence and exploitation, including junket
operations. This engagement supports L&GNSW's ongoing oversight of casino
operations through the comprehensive casino regulatory framework.
On 8 August 2019, the Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority announced
that it will be conducting an inquiry under section 143 of the Casino Control
Act 1992 (the Act) into ongoing suitability issues relating to recent media
reports about allegations of misconduct at Crown Melbourne.
The Authority has appointed the Honourable Patricia Bergin SC to conduct the
inquiry. Ms Naomi Sharp SC and Mr Scott Aspinall will be appointed as counsel
assisting the inquiry.
The inquiry will also consider the proposed sale of shares in Crown Resorts
from James Packer's CPH Crown Holdings Pty Limited to Lawrence Ho's Melco
Resorts & Entertainment Limited.
The Terms of Reference and a timetable for public submissions will be
published by the Authority shortly and announcements will be made later
regarding the processes of the inquiry, including how submissions can be
(2) The Government has put in place a comprehensive set of controls to
ensure that casino operations:
This controls include the Casino Control Act 1992, the Casino Control
Regulation 2010 (with the Casino Control Regulation 2019 due to commence from 1
September), a set of internal controls for each casino operator that need to be
approved by the Authority, and the use of disciplinary actions where
(3) The Government will consider any findings made by the Authority
following its inquiry.